HAMILTON -- Earlier this season, the Blue Bombers had seriously considered sitting defensive end Gavin Walls.
The CFL's top rookie of 2005 seemed to be struggling with some sort of sophomore jinx.
But Walls enjoyed his finest hour of the current campaign at Ivor Wynne Stadium yesterday afternoon. Walls sacked Hamilton quarterback Kevin Eakin twice and his backup, Richie Williams, once.
'GOOD GAME PLAN'
"I'd say it was my best game as far as sacks go, yeah," Walls conceded. "We came out with a good game plan and things broke through. We're just glad we got the W. That's the main thing.
"This ain't my first barbecue, but this year it feels good because I wanted to get back to that 10 spot and I finally got back to 10 sacks, and everything else is extra. I just want to continue to do things to help this team win. Like I said at the start of the season, if I don't get any sacks and we get the W, that's fine with me."
It took some time for the front four to get its act together, though, as four of them were nailed for offsides in the contest, including Walls.
"It wasn't the prettiest but sometimes, it can be like that," Walls said. "Things don't go according to plan. The defence stuck it out and kept stopping them and we took the fight out of them. Then, the offence went there and put the dagger in them."
DREAM GAME: What was pretty was seeing Bomber slotback Kwame Cavil catch four passes for 94 yards, including a 72-yard touchdown against his former team.
"It was very (satisfying), man," admitted Cavil. "To see my dogs get off and for us to get a win, it was all I envisioned before I came back -- doing stuff like that. That's all I dreamt about the night before -- how I was going to come back and do these boys."
But they had to make a comeback to do it.
"This was a testament to us," Cavil said. "We have to get better in certain situations and move the football and put the hammer down. But that's just because we need more continuity as far as getting familiar with each other.
"Right now, we're just a big old collage that came together and got a win. But later on, we're going to be a picture, a beautiful painting."
EVANS BENCHED: Winnipeg cornerback Omar Evans was benched after D.J. Flick beat him for a 48-yard touchdown at the end of the third quarter.
"The coach said I wasn't playing with the same confidence," Evans said. "I made a mistake on the touchdown and they just felt that they would go with (Robert) Bean and Bean did a great job. That's cool.
"Did it upset me? Not at all because we won."
It seemed to be a joint decision between head coach Doug Berry and defensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall.
"They got behind him twice and it was just, 'OK, you've got learn that we can't do that,' " Berry said. "Part of it was the discipline in the coverage. It wasn't like Omar was trying to mess it up. I know Greg was frustrated with him and so was I."
HONOUREES: Hamilton's 1986 Grey Cup team was honoured at halftime and included such former Bombers as Walter Bender, Paul Bennett, Less Browne, Leo Ezerins, Dan Huclack, Frank Robinson and Bernie Ruoff.